A rose is a rose, you may think, but this simply isn't true. That beautiful rose growing in your garden may be a Floribunda or Grandiflora. Both are hybrid cultivars, and each has its own distinct characteristics.
The Floribunda rose is a hybrid created by crossing hybrid tea roses with polyanthas. Floribunda roses present clusters of two to three blooms and grow as compact bushes ranging from 2 to 4 feet tall, depending on the variety. These roses are not favored in cut arrangements but will provide a garden with blossoms all season long.
Angel Face: lavender and ruby blooms with a strong scent.
Pretty Lady: creamy white blooms with a slight scent.
Iceberg: pure white blooms with a mild scent.
The Grandiflora rose is a hybrid created by crossing hybrid tea roses with Floribunda roses. Grandiflora roses are recognized for their larger, single blooms on longer stems. A Grandiflora rose bush will range between 4 and 6 feet tall. The blooms on a Grandiflora rose are traditionally used in cut arrangements.
About Face: golden orange/red reverse blooms with a light scent.
Crimson Bouquet: velvet red blooms with a slight scent.
Queen Elizabeth: clear pink blooms with a moderate tea scent.
Floribunda roses are better suited as hedges or borders, and Grandifloras shine as a focal point. Both roses will add colorful blooms and heady scents to the garden. A mixture of varieties from the two cultivars would provide a lovely balance.
- "Complete Roses: Featuring 100 Easy-Growing Favorites"; Field Roebuck; 2007